Pretty robust and fragrant in a cozy environment :)

I got a Masala Thosai [$3.00] and Tea Halia [below$2] and the mix of spices was so aromatic and delightful for me, especially after a long day at work. Imagine whole spices of cinnamon, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and other kinds of spices toasted together with potatoes. How delicious. I loved how generous they were with the masala — I felt satiated after one masala thosai.

We also had a Banana Walnut [$6], which was very dense. What we liked was that we could tell that the bananas used in this recipe were very ripe and sweet, and the the cake was dense. It was definitely one of the denser bananas cakes out there, and tastes good when washed down with an Americano to balance out the sweetness.

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We also had an Apple Olive Oil Cake [$8.50], a flavour which intrigued us at the start. Who knew that olive oil, Granny Smith apple and cheese frosting could go well together? It was a delightful mix of flavours that danced on my tongue like a melody of sorts. I really couldn’t quite describe how well the different flavours melded together.

We had the Black Sesame [$7], a fragrant black sesame sponge cake with a layer of black sesame buttercream and coffee crumble sprinkled on top. Coffee crumble went superbly well with the fragrant black sesame.

The fried wantans [$3.50] are a side dish and they come with a mayo dip which complements the fried wantans very well, as the slight sweetness of the mayo helped to cut through the greasiness of the fried wantans.

On days when I need some spice, I go to Eng’s Char Siew Wantan Mee for some spicy chili. The default size is $4.50 whereas the large version is $5.50. I usually order the normal size (as pictured) and it fills me up just nice. I like the egg-y taste of the noodles but I find it a tad oily at times. It comes with a small bowl of wanton soup as well!

It was a massive piece of beef burger. I found that there was too much sauce but it was still good. I enjoyed the beef patty — it was dense and moist.

The Dry Mee Hoon Kueh [$5] is handmade and the pieces had a great chewy texture, with each piece evenly coated with a sweet and slightly savoury red-brown sauce. The dry version is a hit or miss but they do it pretty well. Unfortunately there was no egg (my favourite ingredient in ban mian’s), and I felt that there were very few ingredients that went along with the noodles. The al dente texture of the Mee Hoon Kueh made up for the lack, however.

The Tom Yum Soup [$6] had a fiery and zesty kick to it and was so shiok. The zest came from the strong lemongrass profile that is common for tom yum soup. The soup was also more viscous than the soups I have had outside. I was pleasantly surprised by how thick and bouncy the fish slices were. But I think this is good to share because too much would really kill my throat. This tom yum soup will be superb with a bowl of white rice.

Found a nice little hangout called The Wired Monkey a stone’s throw away from Rochor MRT station. I love the vibes here; it’s cosy and chill. The air-con here is pretty strong too. The interior design isn’t complex, with a mish mash of coffee cups in a cubicle that made for an aesthetic art piece in the cafe. There is a small display of bakes and I would usually go for the lemon loaf because it’s tart and sweet at the same time, and goes superbly well with an iced americano.

Nicely crisped exterior, with a slight soft centre, yet easily pulled apart — this is how I define a good prata. I was really looking forward to try the crispy prata from Mr and Mrs Mohgan, and I got the plain ones. They were delightful. Hot and crispy, and flaky at some parts. The Assam curry was light but not watered down, and lingers on my tongue too. A good prata curry shouldn’t mask the taste of the prata.

(My friend gave me a coin prata to try and it was slightly sweet with a soft whiff of margarine. Maybe I will try it next time!)

We waited close to an hour for our prata from 11am, and the prata sells out by 12pm on a Saturday afternoon.